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The U.S. Desperately Needs to Modernize and Elevate the Teaching Profession. Here Are Some Ways to Advance the Workforce for the Next Generation
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The U.S. Desperately Needs to Modernize and Elevate the Teaching Profession. Here Are Some Ways to Advance the Workforce for the Next Generation

From higher salaries to increased investment in professional learning opportunities, Carmel Martin discusses myriad strategies to modernize and elevate the teaching profession in the United States.

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  • Carmel Martin

As the mother of two teenage daughters, I would be thrilled if either of them decided to become a teacher. I can’t think of a more important way to contribute to the community.

For the past half-century, most American parents agreed with me. But this year, for the first time, the tide has turned. In PDK’s recent annual poll of American attitudes about education, a majority of parents said they don’t want their children to become teachers — the first such finding in the 50 years since the poll launched.

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Carmel Martin

Distinguished Senior Fellow